Islands

World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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WED 2014 Spotlights SIDS [viewed]

worlddayunep5 June 2014: This year's World Environment Day (WED), hosted by Barbados and celebrated under the banner ‘Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level', focused on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the risks and opportunities they face, particularly with respect to climate change. The Day lent an additional focus to the 2014 International Year of SIDS, as well as the Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States, which will convene in Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. 

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Event: Coral Triangle Day [viewed]

The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) countries will celebrate the third annual Coral Triangle Day. The Day offers the CTI-CFF countries an opportunity to raise awareness on and express support for the region's marine resources through activities around the Coral Triangle Region. Events will take place in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.  

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On Fifth Anniversary, CTI-CFF Progresses on EAFM, Establishment of Secretariat [viewed]

Coral Triangle InitiativeADBMay 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) celebrated its fifth anniversary at the 5th CTI-CFF Ministerial Meeting (MM5). Ministers agreed on an 18 point Joint Ministerial Statement at MM5, which addresses fisheries management, threatened species and the establishment of a permanent Secretariat, among other items.

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May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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SPREP Supports Island Resilience in Kiribati and Samoa [viewed]

SPREP23 May 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has undertaken initiatives to promote Natural Solutions for Island Resilience in Kiribati and Samoa. In Kiribati, SPREP has implemented Ecosystem based Adaptation (EbA) activities, such as planting natural vegetation, monitoring key sites, and controlling erosion with natural materials.

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GEF Supports PICs in UNCCD [viewed]

gef-unccd16 May 2014: The Global Mechanism (GM) and Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have held a series of workshops to inform participants on the reporting system of the Convention and to discuss opportunities to promote its implementation through a regional resource mobilization strategy for Pacific Island Countries (PICs).

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CBD and GLISPA Launch Island "Bright Spots", Highlight Island Leadership on Biodiversity [viewed]

IDB 201422 May 2014: On the International Day of Biological Diversity, Caleb Otto, Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN, moderated an event to highlight “bright spots” of conservation leadership in small island developing States (SIDS). The event also served as the launch of a publication from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), titled ‘Island bright spots in conservation and sustainability: investing, scaling and replicating in order to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.'

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World Coral Reef Conference Participants Sign Manado Communiqué [viewed]

wcrc-201417 May 2014: Representatives from 29 countries and 13 international organizations made a commitment to ensure the sustainability of marine resources in the Manado Communiqué, which was agreed upon at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014.

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Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Endorse Marine Action Programme [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: Ministers from Timor-Leste and Indonesia and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia endorsed a regional Strategic Action Programme to promote the restoration, conservation and management of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Arafura and Timor Seas, an area that links the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is known as the ATS region. The officials endorsed the Programme at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014, which took place from 14-17 May in Manadao, Indonesia.

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